Experts Shocked at the Number of Influenza Related Deaths in 2017-2018 Season

Posted on Oct 18, 2018 by Miranda Allen

Last year, the United States experienced the highest influenza death toll in at least four decades. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu or flu complications last winter. ‘“That’s huge,”...

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CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit - The Research that Led to it's Creation

Posted on Oct 02, 2018 by Miranda Allen

In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Inspector General, conducted a study called, Vaccines for Children Program: Vulnerabilities in Vaccine Management. The study...

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Vaccine Storage: Studies Show that Storing Vaccines within the Correct Temperature Range is Still an Issue

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 by Miranda Allen

In 2010, approximately 82 million vaccine doses were administered to an estimated 40 million children in the United States through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program at a cost of $3.6...

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Hospital Pharmacy use of Medical-Grade Refrigeration: 2018 Survey Results

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 by Ben Greenfield

Pharmacy Purchasing & Products recently released results from their 2018 refrigeration survey.  This survey contained feedback from 367 Directors of Pharmacy from US-based hospitals.   The...

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Proposed Revision of General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations is now Posted and Open for Comments

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 by Miranda Allen

With millions of medications being compounded each year, it is important to understand the risks of sterile compounding and for healthcare workers to follow published guidelines for safety and...

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

Posted on Aug 14, 2018 by Miranda Allen

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) occurs each August to highlight the importance of vaccination in people of all ages and stages. NIAM is all about raising awareness and speaking out on...

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The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Discusses Vaccines

Posted on Aug 07, 2018 by Miranda Allen

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) includes 15 medical and public health experts who develop recommendations for the use of vaccines in the United States. The recommendations...

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USP <800> Refrigerator Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Posted on Aug 01, 2018 by Miranda Allen

With General Chapter USP <800> creating quite the buzz, we are fielding tons of questions regarding refrigeration in the hazardous drug clean room. We have recapped some of the most common...

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ISMP Reports on Top Medication Errors

Posted on Jul 26, 2018 by Miranda Allen

At the 2018 ASHP Summer Meeting, one presentation discussed the 14 latest ISMP best practices to combat medication errors. More than 2,000 “events” have been submitted to ISMP’s national...

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CDC Reports on Vaccine Administration Errors Involving Recombinant Zoster Vaccine

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 by Miranda Allen

Two vaccines for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) are licensed for use in the United States and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). RZV and ZVL are...

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